International Journal of Education, Learning and Development (IJELD)

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Teachers’ perception of the roles of guidance counsellors in secondary schools in rivers state (Published)

The study investigated teachers’ perception of the roles of Guidance Counsellors in secondary schools in Rivers State, Nigeria. Simple random sampling technique was adopted to select three hundred and seventy (370) male and female secondary school teachers from a population of five thousand three hundred school teachers. The “School Teachers’ Perception of Guidance Counsellors Rating Scale” (STPRGCRS) was administered to the respondents to collect necessary data. The t-test statistics was used to test three null hypotheses at 0.05 significance level. The findings revealed that there were no significant differences in teachers’ perception of the role of Guidance counsellors in secondary school in Rivers State. Therefore, the three null hypotheses were accepted. Based on the above findings six (6) recommendation were made: (1)The Government of Rivers State should endearvour to establish counselling units in each secondary schools, and should be functional to meet the needs of students. (2) Qualified counsellors from accredited colleges and universities, with minimum qualification of bachelor in Guidance and counselling or psychology. (3) Counsellors should focus on counselling students as their primary functions. (4) Counsellors should hold staffing with parents, students and teachers as time will permit in each school session. (5) Counsellors should strictly observe confidentiality as code of ethics. (6) Counsellor should be able to refer students with major emotional problems to the appropriate helping professionals.

Keywords: Counsellors, Guidance, Secondary Schools, Teachers’ Perception


This study determined whether there were significant relationships between the selected psychosocial occupational stressors of career advancement, workloads, interpersonal work relationship, gender difference in family/work interface, and control/decision latitude and job satisfaction among student counsellors practicing in National Open University of Nigeria. This study adopted descriptive survey of Ex-post facto design. The research population included all the sixty-two student counsellors serving in NOUN as at July, 2013. Purposive sampling technique was used. Out of the sixty two Psychosocial Occupational Stress Scale (POSS) distributed, only forty- four were properly filled and used for analysis. The reliability of the instrument was established using test-retest correlation via Pearson Product Moment Correlation (PPMC) which yielded average of r=.77. The alpha level of significant was set at 0 .005.The analyses via SPSS indicated that there were positive low relationships between Job satisfaction and career advancement (r= 0.011; p =0.942), interpersonal relationship (r=. 0.175; p =0.255) and workloads (r=0.102; p =0.511).While there were inverse low relationships between job satisfaction and gender difference in family/work interface (r=.0.-.229; p=0.135 and, control and decision latitude (r=0.-217; p=0.157). All the null hypotheses were accepted, inferring that, there were no significant correlations between psychosocial occupational stressors and job satisfaction of student counsellors in NOUN. These results were therefore attributed to student counsellors’ expert knowledge and skills in the management of stress. Based on the findings, incisive recommendations were also made

Keywords: Counsellors, Job Satisfaction, National Open University, Psychosocial, occupational Stress

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